Tag Archives: Austin City Council Audit and Finance Committee

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Audit: City-owned facilities set to save Austin $330M in 30 years

As the city faces a 3.5 percent tax cap beginning next year, city departments are searching for ways to save their pennies. Staff members have found one such savings opportunity by working to get city employees into city-owned buildings rather…

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Wildfire audit update shows more work ahead

After hearing a new report from the Office of the City Auditor on Austin’s wildfire response efforts, Council Member Alison Alter said while the report lays out appropriate next steps for the city to take, those steps are probably not…

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Audit says Austin could better track outcomes after it refers people to mental health services

The city of Austin does a poor job of tracking the outcomes of people it refers to mental health services, despite the fact that improving access to these providers is one of City Council’s goals over the next couple of…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Report faults APD’s handling of information

The Austin Police Department has failed to comply with the federal policy relating to access to criminal justice information maintained by the FBI, according to a special report from the Office of the City Auditor.Assistant City Auditor Andrew Keegan briefly…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Updated: Austin eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 a remote possibility, city audit finds

The city of Austin is unlikely to reach its goal of zero traffic deaths or serious injuries by 2025, according to a new report from the city auditor’s office.“While a goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries is an…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

City facing challenges in changing sidewalks

When Stephanie Hayden, director of Austin Public Health, sent out a memo last Friday explaining improvements the city was making to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, she underlined one sentence: “Please note the sidewalk construction is scheduled to…

Monday, August 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit update shows progress on city HR complaints, with more work needed

The city’s Human Resources Department has made some progress on achieving the recommendations outlined in a 2017 report that found the city was taking too long to investigate complaints brought by city employees. The report, from Matrix Consulting Group, also…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds ongoing delays, data problems for Development Services Department

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s Development Services Department is still failing to meet on-time and customer satisfaction goals in its permitting process, even after making changes suggested in a 2015 report that found profound…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members say audit on Austin’s ‘enormous’ wildfire risk doesn’t go far enough

Austin City Council members say they need a better look at where the city could be falling short in terms of its wildfire preparedness.A report out today from the Office of the City Auditor said the city is doing enough…

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Tovo envisions changes to Second Street parking

With budget season approaching, Council members are thinking about what they can do to cut costs and increase revenues in their final budget with an 8 percent tax cap. Because of legislative action, next year’s tax cap will fall to…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin police could be better about keeping track of body camera footage

The Austin Police Department is still working out the kinks in its body camera program, according to a new city audit.The report released today by the city auditor’s office looked at footage from 151 body cam videos from Aug. 1,…

Friday, May 31, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds city has ‘poor’ leasing practices

An analysis of the city’s leasing practices has called for widespread changes in coordination and oversight across city departments, after pointing out a number of inefficiencies and lost revenue that could cost $75 million over the next 30 years.The city…

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Maintenance needs could prompt future elections

“You don’t have to step very far away from City Hall to find some facilities that are badly in need of maintenance,” Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo told the Council Audit & Finance Committee on Wednesday.But funding maintenance…

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin can afford to build only 3% of the 2,580 miles of sidewalk it wants, audit finds

The city of Austin has the resources to build out only 3 percent of its missing sidewalks, according to a new city audit.The mobility bond Austin voters approved in 2016 set aside $37.5 million to build and maintain city sidewalks…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s homeless population still growing

Despite the expenditure of millions of city and federal dollars, and the fact that Austin’s efforts are frequently cited as best practices in other cities, homelessness is still on the rise here.Ann Howard, executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin doesn’t effectively help people get out of homelessness – or measure progress

A new audit of the homelessness service providers in Austin says the city doesn’t always hold providers accountable.The report from the City Auditor found nine of the city’s largest contracts in 2017 met city benchmarks for service only about half…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Transportation Dept. faulted in right-of-way audit

When Austinites are asked for their top complaints about the city, one of the most frequent responses relates to traffic. The central city is particularly congested and contractors working in the right-of-way exacerbate the problem.According to a report released by…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners share stories of home repair anguish

Austin city auditors found the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department home rehabilitation loan program left a significant number of homeowners unhappy with the work contractors did and frequently missed its own goals over a three-year period, fiscal years 2015-2017.…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

APD to make changes in mental health cases

As a result of Austin Police Department policies, “people experiencing a mental health crisis in Austin may be at higher risk of having a negative police interaction than people in a city that more closely aligns with best practices,” according…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Should Board of Adjustment have outside counsel?

Two members of the city’s Board of Adjustment argued strenuously in favor of providing outside legal counsel for the board when it is interpreting city code, but the assistant city attorney who has been advising the board for several years…

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